On your Windows 11 PC, you may have multiple audio output devices connected, such as speakers, headphones, headsets, and more. In this guide, you will learn how to choose default speakers on Windows 11.
How to choose default speakers on Windows 11
First, open Settings (press Windows + i) and access System> Sound. Or, you can right click on the speaker icon in your taskbar and select “Sound settings”.
In the sound settings, locate the “Output” section and click on the arrow next to the audio output device you want to set as default.
On the Properties page for the audio device you selected, look for the option “Set as default audio device,” which includes a drop-down menu titled “Not used by default,” “Is this default for audio” or “Is the default for communications” next.
(If you don’t see this option, then this device is already set to default for audio and communications.)
If the device is not yet a default device for audio or communications, click on the “Set as default audio device” drop-down menu and select “Use default for audio” or “Use default for the communications “. Here’s what each choice is for:
- Default use for audio: this sets the default audio output device for music and video playback, system audio playback, games, and other typical audio sources.
- Use by default for communications: this sets the default audio output device for video calls, voice chats, and other audio-related communication programs.
If you see a different choice in the “Set as default audio device” drop-down menu, such as “Also use default for audio” or “Also use default for communications”, then the device is already the default device. default for one of these two. Selecting this option will make it the default for audio and communications.
If you want to set another default device for audio or communications (while keeping the current default device for any of them), you will need to go back to the System> Sounds page and select another audio device. , then set it as the default for audio or communications on its own Properties page.
In this guide, you have learned how to choose the default speakers on Windows 11. If you have any questions or suggestions, let us know in the comments. In addition, also consult this guide if you want to learn how to uninstall software on Windows 11.